Undergraduate global opportunities

UMSN Study Abroad

Going global means, you are ready to challenge your limits by stepping into new perspectives, new spaces, and new situations. We at the Office of Global Outreach are here to help you explore what opportunities you may consider, and help you plan for your global endeavor.

Find a UMSN clinical international experience

Global and Community Health New Delhi, India

  • Team up with local nursing students
  • Participate in clinical observation and community outreach
  • Learn to conduct educational interventions at rural clinics schools and NGOs
  • Compare and contrast aspects of health care delivery
  • Take part in an international nurse’s celebration walk

Apply: Nursing India

Global and Community Health Khon Kaen, Thailand

  • Team up with local nursing students/faculty from Khon Kaen University
  • Participate in clinical observation and community outreach
  • Gain health promotion and risk reduction experience through local organizations
  • Explore existing and emerging public health priorities in Khon Kaen
  • Compare and contrast aspects of health care delivery
  • Experience Thai wellness culture

Apply: Nursing Khon Kaen

Global and Community Health Mbrara, Uganda

  • Join Mbrara University of Science and Technology (MUST) interprofessional students community health leadership training
  • Team up with MUST students, village health workers and leaders to implement and evaluate a community health intervention
  • Participate in and observe rural health care delivery system

Apply: Nursing Uganda

Reproductive Health Opportunities:


Reproductive Health Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Learn about Danish Health System and culture
  • Work side by side with midwives in Denmark
  • Observe patient care under Scandinavian Health System
  • Immerse with a local family

 (Full for 2019, applications for 2020 begin in March 2019!)

Reproductive Health Mbrara, Uganda

  • Learn about the Ugandan Health System, reproductive health, and the needs of childbearing families in Uganda
  • Work with nurses in labor and delivery at Mbarara regional referral hospital
  • Perform post-partum home visits and infant follow up home visits with nursing students and faculty from  Mbarara University

Apply: Reproductive Health Uganda

Find a U-M affiliated international experience

There are many study abroad opportunities offered through the University of Michigan that you may consider. If you are following the global health minor, please make sure to check with Beste Windes (beste@umich.edu) about your plans prior to committing. Visit M-Compass website to review all study abroad programs.

Find a non U-M affiliated international experience

Some students opt to pursue summer study abroad programs on their own that are not sponsored by U-M but by another university or, in some cases, a third-party provider or a non-governmental agency. Courses taken through non-U-M programs may or may not count for credit or towards degree requirements. Please consult with an academic advisor for advice on transfer credit before enrolling in a non-U-M program.  

For guidance on selecting a non-U-M program, please visit U-M's International Center.

Research opportunities

Not all global experiences need to be connected with earning academic credit. Some UMSN professors routinely take students abroad with them to assist in research projects, an option that may be more flexible in terms of time commitment than study abroad programs.

Another research opportunity open to undergraduates is the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT). These are three-month research positions with U-M faculty to international placements. Accepted students are awarded a monthly stipend, living expenses, round trip airfare to the placement site, and foreign and domestic expenses incurred while on the program. Undergraduate and graduate placements are available. Applicants must be African-American, Hispanic American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or Rural Appalachian.

Find an internship/volunteer project

Like research opportunities, internship and service (e.g. volunteer) engagements may be more flexible than study abroad. These opportunities are available through U-M affiliated units as well as through a number of other accredited colleges, universities and external organizations.

The Office of Global Affairs can help you set up a global internship/project with one of the UMSN global partners. If you are interested in exploring an internship/project with a UMSN Global Partner, fill out this form. The Office of Global Affairs will respond to your request after identifying potential opportunities that match your interests.

U-M has a wealth of student organizations devoted to global health, many of which offer opportunities for volunteering and service learning abroad listed on the Maize Pages. To give you examples, many nursing students have attended programs through the following UM Student Organizations:

  • M-HEAL: M-HEAL hosts a diverse set of projects at a variety of stages in the design process from problem definition to prototyping. These projects are committed to creating health care solutions that improve access to health care in underserved communities. 
  • Timmy Global Health: Timmy Global Health exists to expand access to healthcare, empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges firsthand. We accomplish this by strengthening community-based health and education initiatives and empowering young people to share their energy and compassion.
  • Quito Project: The Quito Project’s mission is to collaborate with local partners in developing evidence-based solutions that support and build capacity in the health, educational, and social sectors.
  • Alternative Spring Break: Our goal is to cultivate a community on the University of Michigan campus of Active Citizens who take part in positive social change for their lives during spring break, their college careers, and their lives after college. 
  • Partners in Health Engage at the University of Michigan: PIH Engage at the University of Michigan has three primary goals: 1) to raise awareness about health as a fundamental human right, 2) to lobby members of congress for expanded political support and financial resources to ensure health and healthcare for the world's poor, and 3) directly mobilize financial resources to support the mission of Partners in Health and its sister organizations around the globe. 
  • Michigan International Internship & Service program (MIISP) provides a year-long series of workshops that prepare undergraduates for summer internships or service projects abroad.
  • Residential College Spanish Language Internship program is an engaged learning course that is open to all undergraduate students and links Spanish-speaking students with community-based organizations to provide unique service learning opportunities in the Latino community.
  • LS&A International Internship program offers summer internship placements for returning undergraduates in a wide variety of locations and fields.